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Fox Chase man pleads guilty in child pornography case

A Fox Chase man once iden­ti­fied by fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies as a loc­al kar­ate in­struct­or pleaded guilty in U.S. Dis­trict Court on Monday to pro­du­cing child por­no­graphy.

Steven Mazer, 25, faces 15 to 30 years in pris­on for each of two child porn counts. The crimes oc­curred in Decem­ber 2011 when a friend asked Mazer to babysit her son, 2, and daugh­ter, 3, while the moth­er left town for sev­er­al nights. Mazer forced both chil­dren to en­gage in sexu­ally vi­ol­ent be­ha­vi­or with him while he re­cor­ded the at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to a court memo pre­pared by the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Au­thor­it­ies did not dis­close how the crimes came to light. But last Septem­ber, agents from the Phil­adelphia of­fice of Home­land Se­cur­ity In­vest­ig­a­tions ar­res­ted Mazer in con­nec­tion with a 2009 child porn case in­volving a girl between the ages of 4 and 6. Au­thor­it­ies have not re­leased in­form­a­tion about the status of that case.

Last Septem­ber, a su­per­vis­ory Home­land Se­cur­ity agent told the North­east Times that in­vest­ig­at­ors had no evid­ence that Mazer used his po­s­i­tion in a loc­al mar­tial arts school to con­tact child vic­tims. The agent de­scribed Mazer as a stu­dent and vo­lun­teer at a mar­tial arts school in Bustleton, but de­clined to dis­close the spe­cif­ic loc­a­tion. Mazer will be sen­tenced on Oct. 24.

To re­port any in­form­a­tion about Mazer or oth­er child ex­ploit­a­tion cases, call 215-717-4987. •• 

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